Gordon Matta-Clark. Splitting. 1974

Gordon Matta-Clark Splitting 1974

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Matta-Clark received formal training as an architect at Cornell University, where he studied with Colin Rowe, a preeminent theorist of architectural modernism. Yet Matta-Clark did not practice architecture, which he considered a pretentious enterprise; instead he devised "anarchitecture," an alternative use of buildings entailing a rejection of what he called "the functionalist aspect of past-due Machine Age moralists." In Splitting and Circus—The Caribbean Orange, he literally dissected buildings, cutting and carving them into gravity-defying structures. The films and photocollages he made of these pieces dovetail with the experimental, disorienting quality of his architectural cuts, which constitute a denunciation not just of the functions of architecture but of the American dream of progress.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Medium
Super 8 film transferred to video (black and white and color, silent)
Duration
10:50 min.
Credit
Committee on Media Funds
Object number
1167.2007.1
Copyright
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Department
Media and Performance

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